Johnnie Ray

1927 - 1990

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John Alvin Ray (January 10, 1927 – February 24, 1990) was an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. Highly popular for most of the 1950s, Ray has been cited by critics as a major precursor to what became rock and roll, for his jazz and blues-influenced music, and his animated stage personality. Tony Bennett called Ray the "father of rock and roll", and historians have noted him as a pioneering figure in the development of the genre.Raised in Dallas, Oregon, Ray, who was partially deaf, began singing professionally at age fifteen on Portland radio stations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johnnie Ray has received more than 1,145,423 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Johnnie Ray is the 1,521st most popular singer (down from 1,349th in 2019), the 8,373rd most popular biography from United States (down from 6,939th in 2019) and the 431st most popular American Singer.

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Among singers, Johnnie Ray ranks 1,521 out of 3,541Before him are Zemfira, Yulduz Usmonova, Sam Brown, Candan Erçetin, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Roberta Peters. After him are Sarit Hadad, Amalie Materna, Edyta Górniak, Mira Awad, Meja, and Mavis Staples.

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Among people born in 1927, Johnnie Ray ranks 321Before him are John Kander, Peter Matthiessen, Alan King, Frank Sedgman, Raymond Leppard, and Egon Günther. After him are Edie Adams, Mose Allison, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Peter Mark Richman, Andy Stanfield, and Heinz Wewers. Among people deceased in 1990, Johnnie Ray ranks 222Before him are Georges de Rham, Ludwig Lachmann, Albert Salmi, Dries van der Lof, Ian Charleson, and Peter Taylor. After him are Wilhelm Baumann, Harold Eugene Edgerton, Juan Manuel Bordeu, Mike Mazurki, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Alice Marble.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Johnnie Ray ranks 8,373 out of 15,968Before him are Samuel Alito (1950), Dick Clark (1929), Andrea Martin (1947), Alain LeRoy Locke (1885), Richie Kotzen (1970), and Matt Hardy (1974). After him are Gail Russell (1924), Adolphus Greely (1844), Chelsea Clinton (1980), Julia Morgan (1872), Roger Miller (1936), and Bill Hader (1978).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Johnnie Ray ranks 431Before him are Tina Weymouth (1950), Howie Dorough (1973), Alberta Hunter (1895), Gregory Porter (1971), Tennessee Ernie Ford (1919), and Roberta Peters (1930). After him are Mavis Staples (1939), Jason Derulo (1989), George Fisher (1970), Fat Joe (1970), Lil' Kim (1974), and Lloyd Price (1933).